Equitable Public Spaces in Latin America: A How-To

By |2020-07-30T11:53:33+02:00July 30th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban Mobility, , , |

Public spaces and public life in South American cities are dominated by car-oriented planning. Organisations like Chile-based Ciudad Emergente aim to change this through tactical urbanism.

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How to be Truly Open: Rethinking Public Spaces in the Post-Covid City

By |2020-07-16T10:54:15+02:00July 16th 2020|Municipal & Climate Finance, Urban Health, , , |

To those not willing – or able – to spend money, many public spaces are not as public as they pretend to be. This has to change, argues Tuna Taşan-Kok, making the case for new coalitions in urban development.

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Advancing LGBTI Equality: The Rainbow Cities Network

By |2020-07-16T11:14:23+02:00July 14th 2020|Governance & Finance, Youth & Gender, , , |

Cities are crucial actors in fighting discrimination against LGBTI. The Rainbow Cities Network connects them and supports knowledge exchange among them to make this fight a successful one.

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Violence against Women and COVID-19: Can We Learn from the Pandemic?

By |2020-07-07T12:12:01+02:00July 7th 2020|Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender, , , |

Global lockdowns have exacerbated violence against women yet teach us an important lesson on how to protect women in times of crises. Natalie R. Gill dives into the world of tech and frontier technologies to highlight the importance of women’s right to safe mobility.

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Resilient Cities are Green Cities

By |2020-07-02T11:15:52+02:00July 2nd 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban Health, , , |

COVID-19 has strengthened our understanding of the vital relationship between healthy environments and the need for sustainable infrastructure. Donovan Storey from the Global Green Growth Institute reminds us that it is precisely in times of crises that we should commit to more holistic and ambitious green transformations.

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Mumbai’s Young People Stake Their Claim to Play

By |2020-06-22T12:43:24+02:00July 2nd 2019|Global Urban Debates, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

Mumbai, as many other Indian cities, has failed to provide its children and youth with open spaces for playing. But there is a growing movement that demands its right to play – with considerable success, as Doel Jaikishen from Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) writes.

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Divided Cities and the Need to Move Forward

By |2018-11-13T09:53:50+01:00November 13th 2018|Global Urban Debates, , , , , |

Almost every major city is heterogeneous in terms of culture and ethnicity. This implies that every city is divided to a certain extent. Yet, there are some cities that are ‘more’ divided than others. Gizem Caner analyses development patterns of such extremely divided cities, using examples from Beirut, Berlin, Jerusalem, Nicosia, and Belfast.

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Cape Town, South Africa: Building a Network of Street Enthusiasts

By |2018-11-06T10:55:51+01:00November 6th 2018|Global Urban Debates, Urban Mobility, , , , , |

What is the glue holding our cities together? Marcela Guerrero, co-founder and managing director at Open Streets Cape Town, believes that the answer lies in the streets. In an open exchange with others, the initiative is building a network of fellow street enthusiasts in the Global South.

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Liveable Cities Need Sustainable Solutions

By |2018-09-13T09:37:42+02:00September 4th 2018|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , |

Climate change poses new and specific challenges to the way we think about building. Christine Lemaitre from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) calls out to architects, planners, and builders to respond to this challenge instead of waiting for the entailing problems to solve themselves.

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Reviving the City: How an Asphalt Plant Turned Into a Public Park

By |2018-06-21T16:36:04+02:00June 21st 2018|Participation, Public Spaces, , , , |

In Mexico City, residents organised to convince the city government to build a public park instead of developing an area for office buildings. The Parque Imán can serve as an example for successfully greening neighbourhoods, and reclaiming public space in a participatory and transparent manner.

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“It’s a public space, so we shouldn’t lose it”

By |2018-06-14T09:46:59+02:00June 14th 2018|Participation, Public Spaces, , , |

The privatisation of public spaces often conflicts with the interests of the general public. So, what can inhabitants do to fight such privatisation processes? URBANET talked to Alissa Raj from Transition TTDI, a residents’ initiative that advocates for keeping a community park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, public.

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Adopted Spaces: How Social Life on India’s Streets is Increasingly Threatened by Top-down City Planning

By |2020-04-08T15:33:26+02:00June 12th 2018|Participation, Public Spaces, , , |

In India’s bustling cities, time spent in public spaces is an integral component of everyday life. Street design that focuses on motorised traffic does not take into account this human quality of street life. Instead, local practices and human activity should inform city planning, argues Sneha Mandhan.

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